Project Atmosphere Peer-Led Training

The following is a list of meteorology topics used by Peer Trainers in teacher enhancement seminars.

The seminars are offered in a variety of locations, frequently at state science teachers' meetings. The topics, all of which involve classroom tested, hands-on activities, include guides provided at no charge to all participating teachers.

Air - Sea Interaction

Investigates the coupling between the atmosphere and the ocean trough wind-driven currents.

Atmosphere Aloft

Describes characteristics of upper-air weather maps and why meteorologists are interested in such maps. 


Explains the processes by which clouds are formed.  Includes a brief discussion about water vapor.  Has a cloud chart with different clouds types.

Coriolis Effect

Simulates motions across a rotating Earth in Northern and Southern hemispheres.

El Niño/La Niña

The El Niño/La Niña! slide chart creates visual understandings of the connections in the tropical Pacific atmosphere-ocean system. 

Highs and Lows

Describes the weather characteristics associated with high and low pressure systems. 

Hazardous Weather: Hurricanes

Explains and describes the processes of hazardous weather associated with hurricanes. 

Hazardous Weather: Thunderstorms

Explains and describes the processes of hazardous weather associated with thunderstorms. 

Hazardous Weather: Winter Storms

Explains and describes the processes of hazardous weather associated with winter storms. 

Jet Streams

Explains the physical processes that create the polar-front jet stream.  List characteristics and relationships of the polar-front jet stream to U.S. weather. 

Sunlight and Seasons

Describes the characteristics of solar energy.  Examines the astronomical features that create Earth's seasons.  Lists atmospheric effects on incoming solar energy. 

Weather Radar: Precipitation

Describes how a radar works and how it is used to detect precipitation.  Provides information on how to interpret radar data for hazardous weather. 

Weather Satellites

Describes the two basic types of satellites, geostationary and polar-orbiting. Defines three types of weather satellite imagery and explains the information provided by each type. Includes examples of the different types of satellite imagery.

Modules for Project Atmosphere course alumni